Music News Digest: Week Of May 27, 2012

June 3, 2012 by Amy Gold

The week of May 27, 2012 was a busy one in the world of oldies music. The world mourned the passing of famed folk guitarist Doc Watson on May 29, 2012. Also, Bob Dylan was awarded the US Medal of Freedom, The Beach Boys kicked off their 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour, a new biography of James Brown was published, and many new CDs were released.

May 29, 2012: Folk Guitarist Doc Watson Passes Away

Famed folk guitarist Arthel "Doc" Watson passed away at age 89 on May 29, 2012 in Winston-Salem, NC. Since he got his start in 1953 playing lead guitar in a country-and-western swing band, he had recorded some 60 albums and won many Grammys.

Source: Guitarist Doc Watson dead at 89: A 1-2-3 video primer -

May 30, 2012: Bob Dylan Is Awarded The US Medal Of Freedom

Bob Dylan was among 13 recipients of this year's Medal of Freedom, this country's highest civilian honor. The awards ceremonies took place on May 29, 2012.

Source: BBC News - Bob Dylan awarded US Medal of Freedom

June 1, 2012: Paul McCartney Launches Online Remix Project

Paul McCartney is launching an online version of his home recording studio to give his fans the chance to remix some of his songs. Users can adjust the volume levels of the different instruments and play around with special effects, and McCartney will upload his favorite remixes to

Source: - Home of the Daily and Sunday Express | Showbiz :: Sir Paul McCartney launches online remix project

June 2, 2012: The Beach Boys Perform At The Hollywood Bowl

The Beach Boys performed at the Hollywood Bowl as part of their 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour. Jeffrey Foskett took over as the lead singer for Brian Wilson.

Source: Beach Boys reunion: Jeffrey Foskett keeps the band in harmony -

June 2, 2012: The One: The Life and Music of James Brown - R.J. Smith

Los Angeles-based music journalist R.J. Smith has just published what is considered to be the definitive biography of James Brown with new findings on various facets of the life of this iconic musician.

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June 2, 2012: New CD Release: That's Why God Made the Radio - The Beach Boys

This new CD celebrates the 50th Anniversary of The Beach Boys who recently began their reunion tour. Produced by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, this album includes the first new songs produced by this legendary band in over two decades.

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June 2, 2012: RAM [Special Edition] - Paul McCartney

This CD is a re-release of Paul McCartney's highly acclaimed 1971 album, "RAM." The 2-CD set includes the remastered album plus some B-sides and McCartney's first solo hit, "Another Day."

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June 2, 2012: Analog Man - Joe Walsh

This CD-DVD is the first solo album in two decades for famed singer-songwriter Joe Walsh, former member of The Eagles and The James Gang, and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. This album features Ringo Starr on drums and also includes some live videos.

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June 2, 2012: Graceland (25th Anniversary Edition CD/DVD) - Paul Simon

This CD-DVD set includes the remastered 1986 Grammy award-winning "Graceland" album plus some bonus tracks, the documentary film, "Under African Skies," and unreleased photos and new liner notes.

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June 2, 2012: Small Faces - The Small Faces

This 2-CD set includes a remastered version of this critically acclaimed British Invasion band's 1966 debut album plus some previously unreleased material.

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